Ahrida Synagogue Of Istanbul
- Address: Istanbul, AyvansarayMh., 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
- Phone: +90-2125234729
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Synagogue
Ahrida Synagogue Of Istanbul - Review
The Ahrida Synagogue claims to be one of the oldest synagogues in Istanbul. Located in the Jewish quarter of the city, this synagogue was built by Romaniotes who were basically the Greek Jews. As per the historic records, the Romaniotes of Istanbul became assimilated into the Sephardic culture and adopted the Sephardic liturgy as well as the language of the Sephardim, Judesmo. Renovated in 1992, this synagogue has attracted the attention of many a tourist who are interested in the history of Ottoman empire and Jews in Istanbul.
Ahrida Synagogue Of Istanbul Information
- To gain access to the synagogue you must apply in advance to the office of the Chief Rabbi in Istanbul.
Ahrida Synagogue Of Istanbul Ticket Prices
- Free entry.
How To reach Ahrida Synagogue Of Istanbul by Public Transport
- By Light Train station: Edirnekapi
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Ahrida Synagogue Of Istanbul, Istanbul Reviews
One of the oldest synagogues in Istanbul. Unfortunately we weren’t able to reach anyone via the number and the people we met at the entrance coincidentally told us that we need prior permission from the chief rabbinate, even though the number that they gave us didn’t work. Still giving a 5 star review because I’m certain that the inside is incredibly beautiful and that the building is an important part of Istanbul’s multicultural urban fabric.
This synagogue, one of the two remaining oldest synagogues in Balat, was originally built as two separate synagogues by Romaniote Jews (Jews of the Byzantine Empire who lived in Constantinople and elsewhere long before the arrival of the Sephardim) in c. 1460, and was later used by Sephardi Jews who came from Spain via the Macedonian city of Ohrid (Ochrid). “Ahrida” is one of the two names being used by Greeks for “Ohrid.” The two groups were finally mixed, with Sephardic culture being the predominant culture now in Istanbul, so that the liturgy was being performed in the Sephardic style. The congregations were combined into one larger space (seating 500) in the 1860s. Throughout its history, this synagogue has been restored many times. After the most recent restoration, which was done in 1992 by the Quincentennial Foundation, the synagogue was open to the public for worship. The tevah (bimah) is shaped like the prow of a ship. According to legend, this structure is a fragment of Noah’s ark, or represents the boats that brought the Sephardi Jews on their journey from Spain to Istanbul. by Wikipedia
I've been reading comments and one of the commenters gave the synagogue a poor review because they wouldn't let Muslims in. It's simply not true. I went with a guide last week, who was born Muslim, and they allowed us in, but not without having faxed our passports in prior to the visit. Read the news! 2003 attack at One synagogue. Another attack at the same synagogue in summer 2017. Can anyone blame them for being cautious about who they let in. Most certainly not! Maybe think before you post such a negative review.